MEXICO CITY TO ANTIGUA BOLT

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Mexico City to Antigua BMM
DEPARTS MEXICO CITY to ANTIGUA
Trek Code:
BMM
Destination:
Central America
Departs:
Jan-Dec
Accommodation:
Budget Lodging
Age Range:
18+
Best of Trek:
  • > Discover ancient Mayan Ruins
  • > Experience traditional Guatemalan life
  • > Enjoy local cuisine & live music
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Tour Overview

How about a month of tropical beaches, ancient ruins and some of the best snorkelling on the continent? This trip takes in some of the best beach and cultural locations in Mexico before skipping over the border to Belize and Guatemala. Think Aztec, Mayan and Latino culture, some great party towns and warm Caribbean seas.

Included Highlights
  • Visit Mexico, Belize & Guatemala
  • Toe-tap to a mariachi band in Mexico City
  • Embrace a kaleidoscope of colour at a Mexican market
  • Walk amongst waterfalls and clear limestone pools
  • Escape the Mexican heat in San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Explore the cathedrals of the capital city, Merida
  • Sparkling Caribbean Sea and sprawling jungles
  • Bask on Playa del Carmen's white sand beaches
  • Learn the history of ancient Guatemalan ruins
  • Kick back on the beautiful coast of Belize
  • Experience traditional Guatemalan life with a local homestay
  • Enjoy colonial buildings and surrounding volcanoes in Antigua
  • Haggle in the markets of Chichicastenango
Plus you get...
  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • All transport by BOLT (Buses or Local Transport)
  • All accommodation - 21 twin share & 6 multi-share hotel nights, 2 sleeper coaches & 1 homestay.
  • Maximum group size of 16
What is a BOLT tour?
What is a BOLT tour?

BOLT (Buses or Local Transport) are a great, affordable way to travel in Central America. You'll stay in a mix of budget hotels and homestays, with most nights on a twin basis, and travel from A to B in buses, collectivos, taxis, ferries and overnight buses. BOLT trips offer plenty of free time, lots of exciting activities to choose from and the freedom to choose meals to suit your budget, all with the help and security of your local tour leader.

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Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local conditions and passenger requests vary, no two trips will ever be the same. With the guidance of your Trek Leader you may modify certain night stops and highlights to give a truly unique experience!

Optional Activities (paid locally)

Various optional activities are available with a selection of the most popular listed below. All activities are arranged and paid locally with your tour leader. Please see the day by day itinerary for a full list of activities available each day.

  • > Sumidero Canyon boat tour, San Cristobal de las Casa US$25
  • > Local villages tour, San Cristobal de las Casas US$12
  • > Snorkelling, Caye Caulker from US$25
  • > Macadamia Nut Plantation, Antigua US$20
  • > Mexico City Soccer Match US$15
  • > Teotihuacan Ruins visit US$50
  • > Cholula Visit, Puebla US$6
  • > Monte Alban Ruins, Oaxaca US$10
  • > Lagunas de Montebello, San Cristobal de las CasasUS$30
  • > Mountain bike tour, San Cristobal de las Casas US$20.00
  • > Misol-Ha and Agua Azul waterfalls, Palenque US$6
  • > Palenque ruins entrance fee US$9
  • > Bonampak Ruins, Palenque US$20
  • > Guided Jungle hike, Palenque US$15
  • > Boat trip to Santiago de Atitlan & San Pedro, Palenque US$14
  • > Uxmal Ruins tour, Merida US$40
  • > Cenotes Tour, Merida - $US30
  • > Flamingos tour, Merida $US20
  • > Chichen Itza ruins US$9
  • > Cenote Ikil, Playa del Carmen US$5
  • > Dos Ojos Cenote snorkelling tour, Playa del Carmen US$35
  • > Ferry to Cozumel, Playa del Carmen US$25
  • > Tulum ruins US$8
  • > Cenote snorkelling, Tulum US$35
  • > Sunset Sailboat cruise, Caye Caulker US$25
  • > Sea kayaking, Caye Caulker US$25 per hour
  • > Manatee tour, Caye Caulker US$60
  • > Barton Creek Cave day trip, San Ignacio US$80
  • > Bicycle hire, San Ignacio US$3 per hour
  • > Mountain Pine Ridge day trip, San Ignacio US$75
  • > Half-day caving, San Ignacio US$55
  • > Canoe rental, San Ignacio US$20
  • > Sunrise tour of Tikal Ruins US$60
  • > Guided private tour of Tikal US$40
  • > Boat trip to Livingston, Rio Dulce US$30
  • > Natural hot springs, Rio Dulce US$15
  • > Salsa lessons, Antigua US$7 per day
  • > Santiago Zamora village tour, Antigua US$10
Tour Itinerary

You will meet your tour leader and group at 1800 hrs in the hotel lobby on day 1. Full details will be sent with your final documentation. If you would like to book additional nights before your tour please request at the time of booking.

Itinerary Update

For all 2015 departures we will be spending an extra night on Caye Caulker in Belize and only spending one night in Tikal. Our Tikal overnight will be camping. (Sleeping bag not required).

  • Day 1-2: Mexico City & Teotihuacan, Mexico

    An incredible mix of old and new awaits in Mexico City and as you find out more about your travelling companions and tour leader at your late afternoon welcome meeting your pulse will already be starting to race just that little bit faster. Over the next couple of days you'll have the chance to acclimatise on a guided tour of both the city and the surrounding area with a whole host of archaeological, cultural and exciting options ensuring you really get to hit the Aztec trail at full pace.

    There's so much to do in Mexico City that it may take you a while to stop your head from spinning however, once you get your bearings it's time to have fun. Having the option to watch a football match, explore anthropology museums or find out more about the ruins of Teotihuacan all present a wide array of choices. So, best advice is to research, ask your guide and then hit the ground running.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 3-4: Puebla, Mexico

    Wave adios to the ancient pyramids and urban excitement of Mexico City as you head further south to the colonial streets and handicraft markets of Puebla. Get ready for plenty of haggling as well as having the chance to hike up a volcano or make the delicious local sauce, mole poblano. Cookery lessons are a great way to learn a bit of the lingo and take home a couple of recipes to attempt to replicate back home. Although sauces like cholula can be a bit fiery to the uninitiated you may be surprised by how your tolerance levels rise by the end of the tour - little by little is often the key!
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 5-7: Oaxaca & overnight bus to San Cristobal, Mexico

    Take an afternoon bus to Oaxaca where you'll be met by a mix of native and colonial buildings including the legendary UNESCO site of Monte Alban. This is an exceptional site and an absolute cultural experience to savour no matter what you're into. Monte Alban is literally carved from the rock-face and features: terraces, canals, pyramids and ceremonial alters that pay testament to the ingenuity of the pre-Columbian inhabitants of Oaxaca. Day 7 you are free to enjoy your last impressions of Oaxaca before boarding your overnight bus to San Cristobal de las Casas.
    Accommodation: Hotel included + overnight bus transfer

  • Day 8-9: San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

    The effects of Spanish colonialism are littered throughout Mexico, and nowhere is this more evident than the cobbled streets of San Cristobal de las Casas. A bike or horse ride will take you out of the city to discover what life was like before the arrival of the early European explorers. Optional village tours are a great way to explore the local area and renting a bike will allow you to travel at your leisure and experience life at your own pace.
    Accommodation: Take an afternoon he overnight bus to Oaxaca where you'll be met by a mix of native and colonial buildings including the legendary UNESCO site of Monte Alban. This is an exceptional site and an absolute cultural experience to savour no matter what you're into. Monte Alban is literally carved from the rock-face and features: terraces, canals, pyramids and ceremonial alters that pay testament to the ingenuity of the pre-Columbian inhabitants of Oaxaca. Day 7 you are free to enjoy your last impressions of San Cristobal before boarding your overnight bus to San Cristobal de las Casas.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 10-11: Palenque & overnight bus to Merida, Mexico

    Wind your way through the jungle to the ancient city of Palenque where you'll find one of the finest collections of Mayan architecture and carvings in existence. This is where things go slightly Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft and as you walk under waterfalls and swim in limestone pools you'll definitely be forgiven for having a little smile to yourself. This is truly an outdoor adventurers' dream and if you're looking for the chance to camp out within the realm of jungle-hidden waterfalls and ancient ruined temples then this is where you have the option to do just that. Boat trips, jungle treks and bike hire are all excellent means of getting closer to the very essence of natural Mexico and if you fancy undertaking a volcano climb then get ready for an experience to remember for the rest of your life. On the evening of day 11 you board your overnight bus to Merida.
    Accommodation: Hotel included + overnight bus transfer

  • Day 12-13: Merida, Mexico

    Leave the jungles behind as you explore the museums, galleries and cathedrals of Merida, the capital city of Yucatan. This is a great chance to collect your thoughts amongst the markets and mansions of this cultural hub and if you're still hankering for more Mayan ruins then the site of Uxmal is easily within reach. Cultural activities of a different nature can be found in Merida every Sunday and if you fancy slipping on your dancing shoes then you won't be disappointed. Salsa and Merengue are the order of the day to finish off the weekend and as some of the streets close and turn into dance floors you may not be able to stop yourself from joining in - Brucey eat your heart out!

    For some more spectacular sites of a feathered variety then you'll find optional nature tours to be just to your liking with the pink flamingos of Celestun Bird Sanctuary always proving to be one of many colourful highlights.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 14-15: Chichen Itza & Playa del Carmen, Mexico

    Chichen Itza is just one of those 'must see' Mayan moments and after you've had your fill of pyramids, inscriptions and gigantic stone staircases then it's time to let your hair down and celebrate in Playa del Carmen. Also, if you fancy letting off a bit of steam then a trip to Xel-Ha Water Park is pretty much up there with the best of them and with a massive aquarium and the chance to swim with dolphins it may be slightly more peaceful than you may have first envisaged. Although close to Cancun, Playa isn't as full-on and if you're hoping for a spot of snorkelling, reef diving or simply watching the sunset with a tropical cocktail or two then why not - you deserve it.
    Accommodation: 2 nights hotel included

  • Day 16-17: Tulum, Mexico

    Take a scenic local bus trip south to the gorgeous beaches and warm waves of Tulum. White sand, cocktails and palm trees have never looked so sweet and if you'd like the opportunity to get your first taste of Mayan ruins then Tulum is the best place to start. Renting a mask and snorkel is a great idea and also allows you to find more space in your rucksack as opposed to lugging around your dive gear. One of the best spots for snorkelling is to visit the ruins of Tulum where you can actually swim around some of the ancient walls that have made their way into the sea.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 18-19: Caye Caulker, Belize

    Say "adios" Mexico and "what's up?"' Belize as you journey across the border on what promises to be a real culture jolt to remember. Once into Central America you'll be whisked over to the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker where you'll be able to swim, snorkel and surf amongst some of the most incredible marine reserves on the continent. This is pretty much where things go all Captain Jack Sparrow as from grilled shrimp to rum with everything, keep your eyes peeled for the Jolly Roger flag and you won't go far wrong. If you really have had enough of land-lubbing and fancy a trip out to sea then there are plenty of options to sail, kayak and snorkel out on the ocean wave. Just make sure you're home before the ship sets sail.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 20-21: San Ignacio, Belize

    After bidding the manatees and coral reefs a fond farewell it's time to travel in-land as you encounter the forest-covered highlands that sit beyond Belize's capital city, Belmopan. Get ready for rushing rivers, tumbling waterfalls and ancient ruins, with a chance to visit the ceremonial temples of Xunantunich and the incredible caves of Tunichil Muknal. This is a true outdoor adventure playground and for many will prove to be one of the active highlights of the whole tour. Tubing, caving and canoeing are all excellent optional activities for the energetic and the chance to try something new whilst in Belize is going to stay with you for years to come.

    If you're not that into the extreme side of life then don't panic - there are plenty of more laid-back alternatives with bike hire, butterfly gardens and trips to nearby ruins always proving excellent for learning more about the area.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 22-23: Flores & Tikal, Guatemala

    Step back in time amongst the farming communities of Flores where you're just as likely to see locals drifting past in a hollowed-out canoe as walking to work across the cobbled streets. The following day is free however, there's no better way to spend it than opting to visit the awesome Tikal temples - don't miss this one! The Tikal temples are pretty much as 'magnificent Mayan' as you're going to get and although the pilgrimage does involve a climb through the jungle the views from the top of the ruins are nothing short of jaw-dropping.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 24-25: Rio Dulce, Guatemala

    Next stop is one of the absolute legends of the Central American circuit - the awesome Rio Dulce. This has long been a draw for boaters and if you're looking for things to do on your free day then why not take a tour of Lake Izabel or explore up river in search of manatees and hot springs. If you'd prefer to keep your feet on dry land then there are loads of other choices to do just that. Although the horse trek past the rubber plantation isn't essentially you keeping your feet on the ground. With other options including nature reserves and the San Felipe fort at Livingstone, you're bound to find the right pace to suit your mood and whatever you're into you're sure to come away happy, experienced and hungry for more.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 26: Antigua, Guatemala

    Take the rural bus to Antigua for a taste of delicious local street food before settling down for the night in preparation for tomorrow's meeting with your host family and your stay in a traditional Guatemalan home.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 27: Chichicastenango & San Jorge La Laguna, Guatemala

    Pick up a gift for your host family at the handicraft stalls of Chichicastenango before heading to San Jorge La Laguna and a real opportunity to practise your Spanish and learn more about the customs and lifestyles of Guatemala. Although living conditions can be pretty basic this is a genuine chance to see what life is like for local people and through a combination of hands, feet and phrase books you'll be surprised what you can learn during just a short period of time.
    Accommodation: Local homestay included

  • Day 28: Panajachel, Guatemala

    Say a fond farewell to your new-found friends as today it's time to make the most of Guatemala's natural beauty as you swim, surf, hike or kayak within a stunning volcanic backdrop.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 29-31: Antigua, Guatemala

    Salsa lessons, volcano treks and strolls over cultural cobbles are all possible in Antigua and as you prepare for your trip home you'll be left in no uncertain terms as to the beauty of this irresistible part of the world.
    Accommodation: 2 nights hotel included

This BOLT trip is run by our sister company and there are no age limits on these departures. We also offer a range of BOLT tours specifically designed for 18-39 year olds. Please contact us for more details.

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Hotels Before and After your tour

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Hotel Mallorca

MEXICO CITY - HOTEL MALLORCA
Tourist class hotel with private bathrooms, free wireless internet and hotel restaurant.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Antigua, Guatemala

ANTIGUA - CASA EN FAMILIA
Basic family hostel/homestay close to the centre of the colonial city, La Antigua.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

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